Best Kept Secrets – Summer Fun in Tampa Bay – Part 2

the florida aquarium

It’s mid-July and Tampa Bay parents are hot, tired and asking in unison… “When does school start again!”

While we can’t make school start any sooner, we can tell you about a sort-of secret splash pad at the Florida Aquarium! Scroll all the way to the end for the best part of this cool destination.

A few air-conditioned hours gazing at alligators, river otters, rays, jellyfish and sharks is a great way to spend a hot Florida summer day, while simultaneously stimulating young bodies and brains. Let’s face it, while educational opportunities are a “nice to have,” at this point in the summer we want activities that make kids tired for bedtime. This spot offers both, woohoo!

If you’re feeling really touristy, you can take a boat ride in the bay cruising for dolphins or check out the aquarium behind the scenes.

splash pad at florida aquariumMake sure to pack bathing suits, towels and sunscreen, because the aquarium just opened their completely renovated splash pad! The new layout and design makes it a lot easier to see your children around the whole place from one (preferably seated) location.

The best part of this secret splash pad? Adult beverages!!! That’s right, for those who indulge, you can sit in a shady tiki bar under a ceiling fan with a full view of the splash pad. Smart parents have been known to invite an older cousin or neighbor to run the wee ones ragged while sipping on a icy draft or fruity treat.

Cheers! (PS – despite baby hand in picture, no beer consuming was done by actual baby!)

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading

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